As an award-winning director and choreographer, John’s work has been critically praised in productions all over the U.S. He spent three years as Artistic Director of the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, where he directed and choreographed more than twenty musicals, revues and original works. John was Assistant Director/Choreographer for the national tour of Cirque Dreams Holidaze, and has choreographed for Disney World in Florida. In addition, he spent three years as Associate Choreographer for the Jaeb Theatre (Straz Center, Tampa Bay).
In NYC, John has choreographed pieces for the Joffrey Ballet Jazz/Contemporary School concerts, and was chosen this year as one of the Steps Beyond Foundation’s “Up and Coming Choreographers,” presenting an 8 minute, crowd pleasing, original piece. John teaches five days a week at Steps on Broadway and at Marymount Manhattan College. He also teaches weekly at Montclair State University, and does guest master classes around the country. John regularly teaches for the "Making It On Broadway" Intensive, sharing the platform with Broadway stars, Kelli O'Hara, Annaleigh Ashford, Sierra Boggess, Norm Lewis, and others. He was a guest teacher for the Cleveland Musical Theatre dance intensive, along with Broadway Tony-Award Winner, Kathleen Marshall, and has taught for the Broadway Dance Center's International program.
John made his Broadway debut in the original production of CATS, playing the role of Tumblebrutus. John performed the role of Mungojerrie on the first National Tour of CATS, prior to his Broadway debut. He danced on Broadway and Broadway tours in the revival productions of My Fair Lady (with Richard Chamberlain), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (with Sam Harris), playing the role of Benjamin, and Show Boat (with Tom Bosley), playing the role of Frank Shultz.
In addition to his Broadway career, John was a featured performer on the The Rosie O'Donnell Show, Saturday Night Live, Disney Holiday specials, and numerous others. He began his career working with John Kander at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City in “The Happy Time,” and went on to perform other productions for the Lyric Opera, the Kansas City Starlight Theatre, Opryland USA, Opryland USA European Tour- Country Music USA, Disney World, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, and more.
John owned his own Broadway-style performing arts school, John Leggio’s Center for the Performing Arts, from 2004-2015. As Director, Choreographer and Teacher for his school, John choreographed hundreds of pieces, and directed and choreographed productions for the world famous Weeki Wachee State Park. His students are currently on Broadway, and performing on cruise ships and in regional productions around the world.